Find your happiness on our shores

There's a reason Door County is known as "The Cape Cod of the Midwest" — with nearly 300 miles of shoreline punctuating Lake Michigan and Green Bay, Door County inspires comparisons to oceanic coasts. But the freshwater breeze, rolling lake waves, sandy beaches and dunes, and rocky outcroppings reminds visitors just how uniquely Door County this shoreline is.

As anyone who has stood on a shoreline here knows, magic is made where land meets water. Door County's distinct physical and atmospheric aura makes you feel as if you're in a distinct dimension — at once both familiar and new.

Door County is part of a remarkable geological feature that is fondly referred to as the backbone of America. The Niagara Escarpment runs from east to west from New York state through southern Canada and the Great Lakes region, creating dramatic cliffs and ledges. It's responsible for the limestone rock that lies under the Door County soil as well as the picturesque views of the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

From the rocky shores on the eastern side of the peninsula to the sandy beaches on the west side — and all the marshlands, dunes and inland lakes in between — the Door County shoreline is so diverse you'll want to explore every inch of it! And don't forget to check out Washington County's Schoolhouse Beach, which is one of just five smooth limestone beaches in the world.

Endless recreational opportunities

The recreational opportunities provided by such an expansive waterfront are endless. In Door County, you never have to choose between land and water — instead, experience the best of both worlds. Learn more about the public parks, beaches and marinas that mark the margins of the peninsula and islands, as well as the huge array of outdoor recreational activities and attractions on our shorelines, by visiting the Discover page.